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The world's largest annual mobile event - Mobile World Congress - takes place on the last days of February. We're on the ground in Barcelona to bring you all of the week's news. Tune in here for our full coverage, including hands-on with new phones from LG, BlackBerry, Huawei, Alcatel, ZTE, Sony, and more.

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Hands On with the Motorola G5 and G5 Plus

Feb 26, 2017, 1:05 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Motorola introduced the Moto G5 and G5 Plus in Barcelona, the latest in its series of mid-range handsets. Motorola says it polled consumers in order to develop the G5 series' feature set, which include metal designs, good cameras, fingerprint readers, and high-definition screens. We spent a few moments with the phones. Here are our initial impressions.

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Motorola Phones to Gain Access to Amazon Alexa

Feb 26, 2017, 11:10 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   updated Feb 26, 2017, 11:11 AM

Motorola and Amazon today said the Moto Z series of phones will soon have access to the Amazon Alexa voice-powered assistant. Alexa will be enabled through a Moto Mod that is still under development. When attached to the Mod, the Moto Z will act just like an Amazon Echo in-home speaker. Moreover, Motorola said it will bake Alexa directly into its handsets later this year.


Motorola Shows Off New Mods for Moto Z Phone

Feb 26, 2017, 11:06 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Motorola today announced several new Moto Mods that are compatible with the Moto Z series of handsets. The first is a new battery pack with a unique design. The second is an accessory that will charge any battery-powered Mod. The third is a accessory for wireless charging. The last is a gamepad to assist with gaming. It includes directionals, buttons, and pads for interacting with games. Motorola say these Mods will go on sale during the first half go the year. Motorola did not say anything about pricing for these mods.

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Motorola Debuts G5 and G5 Plus

Feb 26, 2017, 10:50 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   updated Feb 26, 2017, 11:42 AM

Motorola today announced the Moto G5 and G5 Plus, the fifth generation in Motorola's line of mid-range handsets. The phones feature metal frames and adopt a design language that vaguely resembles the Moto Z series. Shared features between the two phones include full HD screens, fingerprint readers, Android 7 Nougat, memory card support, water-repellant coating, and good support for U.S. LTE bands.

The Moto G5 will not come to the U.S., but the G5 Plus will reach the U.S. in April for $229.


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